Thelymitra longifolia

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Thelymitra longifolia


Taxonavigation: Asparagales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Orchidaceae
Subfamilia: Orchidoideae
Tribus: Diurideae
Subtribus: Thelymitrinae
Genus: Thelymitra
Species: Thelymitra longifolia



Thelymitra longifolia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl.: 49 (1775).


  • Homotypic
    • Thelymitra forsteri Sw., Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 21: 228 (1800), nom. illeg.
    • Thelymitra longifolia var. forsteri Hatch, Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 79: 396 (1952), nom. inval.
  • Heterotypic
    • Serapias regularis G.Forst., Fl. Ins. Austr.: 59 (1786), nom. illeg.
    • Thelymitra nemoralis Colenso, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 17: 249 (1885).
    • Thelymitra alba Colenso, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 18: 272 (1886).
    • Thelymitra cornuta Colenso, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 20: 206 (1887 publ. 1888).
    • Thelymitra longifolia var. alba (Colenso) Cheeseman, Man. New Zealand Fl.: 339 (1925).


Native distribution areas:
  • Australasia
    • Australia
      • Norfolk Islands.
    • New Zealand
      • Antipodean Islands, Chatham Islands, Norfolk Island, North and South Islands New Zealand.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



Primary references


Additional references

  • de Lange, P.J., Gardner, R.O., Sykes, W.R., Crowcroft, G.M., Cameron, E.K., Stalker, F., Christian, M.L. & Braggins, J.E. (2005) Vascular flora of Norfolk Island: some additions and taxonomic notes. New Zealand Journal of Botany 43: 563–596.
  • St George, I. (2008) The New Zealand Orchis, The editor's annual list:2008. The New Zealand Native Orchids 110: 8–19.

Vernacular names


English: White sun orchid, Maikuku (Maori)

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